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Rhinebeck 2011

As always, Rhinebeck was FANTASTIC fun.  I drove up on Saturday for the day with my buddies Jeanine, Keisha, and Tawana.  We always enjoy each other’s company and laugh.  ALOT!  I behaved and controlled my purchases.  Here’s my haul:

Yarn 10

The bulky red is Macho from Brooks Farm.  That purchase is all Keisha’s fault.  She convinced Jeanine and I that we wanted bulky cowls so all 3 of us bought a skein of Macho.

The beautiful green is a skein of Eidos from Sanguine Gryphon.  That purchase is Jeanine’s fault.  She stood on that looooong ass Sanguine line for an hour an a half.  Long enough for the rest of us to wander around some of the grounds.  Long enough for me to realize that I wasn’t seeing anything that I was LOVING and therefore, texting Jeanine – who was still on the line – to please grab me a skein of yarn from Gryphon.  BTW, I’m glad I did since they are going out of business.  Well, somewhat — they are splitting the business in two.  This stuff is gonna be worth at least double soon.  LOL

The purple is Tawana’s fault.  It was the last purchase of the day.  She and I were wandering around the buildings and we passed by the Miss Babs booth.  Her stuff is always so beautiful.  I was proud of myself for behaving all day so I thought I could buy myself a skein of sock yarn.  Besides, sock yarn doesn’t count, right???  I asked Tawana if she agreed and she said yes and gave me permission.  😛

The beautiful butterscotch???  Yea.  That was ALL ME.  I have been eyeing that colorway for at least two years now.  I knit my Cable-Down Raglan in Shelridge Farm and I adore that sweater.  It has held up fantastically.  It washes and dries very well in my machines (on gentle, of course).

So, I came home with my bag full of Shelridge and immediately cast on for my 400th project:  POLE!!!!

Pole Sweater OTN 1



So I have added 399 projects to Ravelry.  See?


Out of those 399, 3 are in progress, 12 are hibernating, and 15 were frogged.  That means that 369 are actually FINISHED projects.  WHOA, right?? 

Now, I’m trying to decide what that special project #400 will be.  There are so many things I have added as faves.  Several things I have queued and I can’t make up my mind what I want to knit.

I probably need some sweaters since some of my old ones were either a) felted in the Big New Washer and Dryer Experiment of 2010, or b) getting kinda, well, OLD!

I really love Perla by Joji Locatelli (photo Copyright of Joji).  Isn’t it beautiful?  It’s knit on size 9 needles in Malabrigo Merino Worsted, so it should work up quickly, right?  I would probably use a yarn that’s a bit more rugged and won’t pill immediately, though. 

Pole, also by Joji, is another awesome sweater.  It has more of a circular collar.  Needles are size 8, 9 and 10.  (Photo Copyright anneleterme).

Let’s see….I need to knit a holiday gift for someone and chose this sweater from the new Knitscene (Photo Courtesy of Knitscene, 2011, GREAT issue!  GET IT!).  It’s called the Hawkmoth Pullover.  Laceweight, size 4 needles.  The person is petite so it should also be rather painless.

My girls need winter hats to accomodate their ever-growing mops of curls.  There are a few I’ve q’d up but my fave right now is the Vitraux Hat, but it’s knit on size 4 needles and I’ve knit a bunch of hats lately…..although it’s mostly stockinette so it would probably make for a good purse/movie knitting project.  (Photo Copyright DevinF, isn’t that baby’s face PRECIOUS??  This is such a great shot!  I love it!)

Then there’s always a lace shawl.  I have two that I’ve been itching to cast on for:

Morlynn (Photo Copyright A. Wiedmayer)

and, Rock Island by Jared.   (Photo copyright BrooklynTweed).


So, I have LOTS of things in mind to throw on the needles as #400!  It should be a memorable knit right?   (My 300th project was the Daycare Sweater.)

Hey, tomorrow’s RHINEBECK!!!  OMG I can barely sit still from excitement!!  Will I see you there??

Cable Ribs — AGAIN!

Well, it was fun to read all of your comments on my little contest last week.  I didn’t think it would be that hard for you guys to get it right being that you are ALL like Matt from Heroes: a mindreader.  (OMG I’m sooo addicted to watching Heroes right now!  I posted a request for series suggestions on Facebook so I can Netflix them and someone suggested Heroes and my kids and I have been watching it ever since!  But I digress…)

So, what I had in mind for the answers for my two questions last week:

1 – MOST of these socks have something in common.  What is it?

MOST are in the brown color family.

2 – ALL of these socks have something ELSE in common.  What is it?

ALL are unfinished projects!!!

Most of you said something along the lines of the unfinished projects, missing a sock, thing.  But no one touched on the fact that I seemed to be obsessed with browns.  Heh.

Given that, I decided to add everyone’s name to a list:

And then used a random number generator to select a winner.

Emily H.  YOU’VE WON A MILLION DOLLARS!!  Well, not exactly.  How about a MILLION hugs and kisses and some yarn and goodies in the mail??  😀  Contact me so I can send you your goodies!

In the meantime, I’ve been a knitting fool.  Are you surprised? Yea I didn’t think so.

I’ve decided to FINISH ALL THE UFO’s!  YAY!  This is in par with a KAL that Cristi and I are doing (ya’ll know Cristi right?  I mention her enough on here.  Or do I REALLY have to link to her blog??  Fine.  Here it is.)

Our KAL consists of Stitching from the Shelf.  Basically, for 2011, our goal is to knit mostly projects from patterns that you already own, either in books or PDFs.  There is no deadline. There is no “you must knit 50 socks in 50 days” type of shit.  Just knit from patterns in your current library.  The one caveat is that you try not to knit from free patterns.  The whole purpose of this is so that you can become more familiar with those books you’ve purchased on a whim because there was ONE pattern you liked.  Or that stack of PDF’s you bought from Twist Collective that you forgot you owned!  (No, I don’t speak from experience.  Why do you ask???)

Join us on Ravelry.

I have quite a bit of books myself.

Book Inventory - Dec 2010 (3)

So, as I mentioned, I’ll be Stitching from the Shelf (SftS) as I also finish or frog all of those projects I have on the needles.  I started with a few of those socks from last week’s post.  First up, Cable Rib Socks, Take 2.

I’ve knit this pattern before.  I love the simplicity of it and the comfortable socks I have now.

Two simple cables that go up the sides of the foot into the leg.  The best part of simple patterns is that you can make them your own.  I knit both pairs toe-up with reverse heel flaps.  Super easy.

Using Socks That Rock Mediumweight yarn makes the sock knit up faster and also feel very cozy and thick on the feet.  I like thick socks in these cold ass NYC winters (three feet of snow so far dammiti’msickofsnowwww!!!).

Ahem.  Where was I?  Ah yes…socks.  I also finished another pair which I’ll show you guys later.  I’m working my way through a THIRD pair from that stack of 8 so that number will be reduced to 5 shortly!  Well, maybe 6 because I’m pretty sure I’ll find a new pair of socks to cast on for soon!  😉

Cable Rib Socks

  • Source: Favorite Socks (by Interweave Knits)
  • Size: Size 11 shoe
  • Yarn: Socks That Rock Mediumweight
  • Color: Harlotty
  • Yardage used: 327 yds (0.86 skeins)
  • Cost: $13.76
  • Needles: US Size 1.5
  • Started: January 8, 2011
  • Finished: January 29, 2011
  • Mods: Knit toe-up with reverse heel flap